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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDR2000101 (Silver)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small and light. Silver "brushed-metal" variant matches pretty closely with aluminum Mac and accessories. I purchased this to replace an external that took close to an hour for each Time Machine backup; with this drive backups happen so quickly that I don't ever see the computer performing them, even though my computer only supports USB 2.

Cons: The drive disconnects itself. Unlike other reviewers, I've never had the drive disconnect while the computer was in use - it only seems to occur when the computer is suspended ("sleeping"). Even then, it isn't consistent. Sometimes I can go a week without a disconnect, other times it seems to happen daily. I've tried plugging the drive to a powered USB hub and directly to my computer, but it doesn't make a difference. I've been using the drive for 4-5 months now and this issue has not changed during that time.

Other Thoughts: I purchased the drive at a phenomenal sale price. I'll try to work with Seagate's warranty program to see if perhaps my drive or its cable came from a faulty batch. The drive could probably work nicely as a portable drive that isn't always connected to the computer. For my purposes the disconnects are unsatisfactory. In light of others having similar or worse experiences with disconnections, I'd avoid purchasing this drive unless there are many positive reviews that come afterwards, which would indicate that it was likely a batch issue.

Nippon Labs AD-MINIDP-DVI-MF Mini Display Port Male to DVI Female Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent adapter, but no shortcuts 09/15/2012

This review is from: Nippon Labs AD-MINIDP-DVI-MF Mini Display Port Male to DVI Female Adapter

Pros: The adapter works well, and it's fairly long. The flexible cord is over six inches in length (not counting the hard plastic tips).

Cons: Has the four holes for an analog adapter, but these are non-functional. The plastic has a cheap feel to it, particularly around the DVI connector, but this is really a matter of feel and heft. I would not have concerns about the plastic cracking in my laptop bag.

Other Thoughts: Most of these adapters lack the holes necessary for daisy-chaining this adapter to a DVI to VGA adapter. Adapters (converters) capable of daisy-chaining like that are generally 10x more expensive than this adapter. I didn't buy this adapter specifically for that functionality, but wondered if I could save some money by using this with my Apple DVI > VGA, instead of buying a miniDP (Thunderbolt) > VGA adapter as well. Even though you can physically connect the adapters, I was not able to get the signal to pass through from a late 2011 Macbook Pro to a projector. Neither the system nor the projector responded with the connection was made. It's a fine miniDP to DVI adapter, but don't expect this to be anything more than that.

GeIL 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model GS316GB1600C10DC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's 16 GB DDR3 1600 with a CAS latency of 10 - you know what you're getting. This is "DBT enhanced" RAM, meaning that GeIL has put it through harsh testing and error-checking before shipping it out, which should decrease your chances of ending up with bad RAM. It survived a few passes through Memtest with no issues.

Cons: None - even the packaging was fairly easy to open.

Other Thoughts: This is installed in a "Late 2011" Macbook Pro (Macbook Pro 8,2) with no issues and operating at 1600 MHz. Amazing to think that just a few years ago, 16 GB of RAM was something that you only heard about in servers...


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Display Name: David K.

Date Joined: 10/19/05

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 10/05/07
  • Last Review: 03/11/15
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